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Macbeth II

Macbeth II
Sire Macduff
Dam Agnes
Grandsire Macaroon
Damsire Gilroy
Gender Gelding
Foaled 1885
Country United States
Color Bay
Breeder Rufus Lisle
Owner Chicago Stable
Trainer John Campbell
Record 106: 25-21-14
Earnings $22,170
Macbeth II is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Agnes by Macduff. He was born around 1885 in the United States, and was bred by Rufus Lisle.
Major wins
Kimball Stakes (1887)
Kansas City Derby (1888)
Gayoso Hotel Stakes (1888)
Peabody Hotel Stakes (1888)
Green Stakes (1890)
Highweight Handicap (1890)
Clifton Handicap (1891)
New Jersey Handicap (1891)
New Year's Handicap (1891)

American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1888)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Macbeth II (foaled 1885 in Kentucky) was the winner of the 1888 Kentucky Derby[1] He was the third gelding and one of only nine geldings to win the Kentucky Derby, with the others being Vagrant (1876), Apollo (1882), Old Rosebud (1914), Exterminator (1918), Paul Jones (1920), Clyde Van Dusen (1929), Funny Cide (2003), and Mine That Bird (2009)[2].


Macbeth was foaled at Lisland, the breeding farm of Rufus Lisle which was located two miles northwest of Lexington, Kentucky in an area called Leestown Pike.[3] Lisle was widely known in the Thoroughbred racing circuit for refusing to pay for stud services, instead breeding his mares to stallions whose services he could obtain for free. This policy served him well because he consistently produced winners like Castaway II, 1890 Brooklyn Handicap winner.[4] Macbeth was one of the not so illustrious ones, racing at a time when the Kentucky Derby was not as highly regarded as it is today. Gelded at a young age, Macbeth was sired by Macduff, the 1881 Champagne Stakes winner, a son of the imported British stallion Macaroon.[5] Macbeth's dam was Agnes (by Gilroy) who also produced 1890 Tennessee Derby winner and third place Kentucky Derby contender, Robespierre.

Racing Career

Macbeth was owned as a two-year and three-year old by the Chicago Stable, a partnership between horse trainer John Campbell and George Hankins, with Hankins becoming sole owner in October 1888.[6] Hankins was a prominent Chicago gambler that soared to fame in the 1880s and 90s, accumulating great wealth but ultimately losing it all by 1900.[7] In the 1888 Kentucky Derby, Macbeth was not an obvious choice for the win, with a horse named Gallifet being the favorite. Gallifet and The Chevalier were clear contenders from the start of the race, with Macbeth not gaining a lead until a mile into the race. He won by a length over Gallifet, at 6:1 odds winning a total of $4,740 for Hankins.[5] Macbeth II, being a gelding with no career at stud, raced until he was eight years old, but his last publicized flat race was a September 1890 claiming race at Sheepshead Bay Race Track in New York.[8] Macbeth was trained for steeplechasing in 1894 after his flat-racing career.[9]

A 1910 Daily Racing Form article states that Macbeth was purchased as a saddle horse by a gentleman that lived in Chicago and was often seen in Lincoln Park with his new owner. He is reported to have died at an advanced age.[10]



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